Lock In One of ALA’s “Best Reads” In SF and on The Locus Recommended List + Yesterday’s Sunset

Yesterday’s sunset first, as it happened somewhere in the Atlantic:


Hard to beat.

Second, Lock In is one of the American Library Association’s “Best in Genre Fiction” selections for the last year, in the category of science fiction. Their short list in the category:

“The Martian” by Andy Weir (Crown) — The winning book in the category;
“Annihilation” by Jeff Vandermeer (FSG Originals)
“Fortune’s Pawn” by Rachel Bach (Orbit)
“Lock In” by John Scalzi (Tor)
“Shovel Ready” by Adam Sternbergh (Crown)

In the Fantasy category, the short list is thus:

“The Goblin Emperor” by Katerine Addison (Tor) — The winning book in this category;
“Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)
“Hot Lead, Cold Iron” by Ari Marmell (Titan)
“The Paper Magician” by Charlie N. Holmberg (47 North)
“Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen (HarperCollins)

Also congratulations to Lauren Beukes and Jo Walton, whose books Broken Monsters and My Real Children won in the “Adrenaline” and “Women’s Fiction” categories, respectively.

Lock In also made Locus magazine’s recommended reading list in the category of Science Fiction, which is also pretty damn nifty, if you ask me. The list is longer than the ALA category short list, so let me recommend you follow this link to see the full list as well as the lists in other categories.

That’s not a bad Monday, actually. Thank you, librarians and Locus!

6 Comments on “Lock In One of ALA’s “Best Reads” In SF and on The Locus Recommended List + Yesterday’s Sunset”

  1. As brilliant as “Annihilation” by Jeff Vandermeer (FSG Originals) and
    “Fortune’s Pawn” by Rachel Bach (Orbit), and much as we admire “Lock In” by John Scalzi (Tor), since we also have not read.

    “Shovel Ready” by Adam Sternbergh (Crown, where my {JVP] father was a long-time Trade Books Editor), my wife and I, with roughly 50 years’ paid work in Aerospace, agree that “The Martian” by Andy Weir (Crown) deserved to win.

    “The Martian” is pure Hard Science Fiction. Great depth of character. Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering correct in deeply understood ways. Spectacular plotting of upswings, disasters, fixes, glitches, and reboots.

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